Let’s ignore the fact that turning The Addams Family into a video game is weird. Because it is. Obviously turning a sitcom into a platformer is a strange decision – one we will see a lot of as the years of the SNES roll by – but why does the player-controlled Gomez sound like a car when he skids to a stop? Why does he honk when he gets hit? Ahh Ocean, I miss your bat-shit crazy ways!
Sound and music aside, The Addams Family isn’t a bad game. You start off in front of the family’s mansion, and from there can go to any level in whatever order you choose. This hub concept does a lot to make this game interesting. Each doorway has different environments and enemies inside and there are enough secret areas to make exploration worth it. It feels almost like a “Metroidvania” game, but I don’t think there are any areas that you need power-ups to traverse.
Controlling Gomez is standard for the platforming genre, but he can be surprisingly squirrely to maneuver at times. Landing precise jumps can be a challenge, but the game is generous when it comes to jumping on monsters; there were times where I should have been hit by a bad guy but was given credit for stomping it instead. I died numerous times by misjudging where the line was between me hitting them and getting hit myself. This was made worse whenever I had the sneakers power-up. I could never tell what those did because they made Gomez impossible to control.
I had fun with The Addams Family. It’s fairly challenging and has some novel ideas that were unexpected in a licensed game. I don’t give it a strong recommendation, but there are worse ways to spend a few hours with either this or the Amiga port which holds up just as well..
But I wished they’d spent more time on that theme song though…..